UK hot weather forecast: Scorching subtropical blast to unleash September heatwave frenzy

High pressure is bringing sizzling highs into the mid-20s as the week progresses, according to the latest hot weather maps from Netweather. Northern areas including York and Hull see temperatures soar to 23C until the weekend. And Portsmouth and Southampton in the South East will experience 26C by Thursday afternoon. The latest weather maps from WXCHARTS show a hot air plume being pushed towards the UK from a westerly direction this week.

Nick Finnis at Netweather also forecast hot air to sweep across the UK this week.

He said: “A warm front pushing east yesterday evening introduced warm air of sub-tropical origin overnight.

“This air is also laden with moisture, so an overcast morning across much of England and Wales, most will stay dry.

“But the cloud will be thick enough over hills and around coasts across the west for some drizzle.

UK hot weather forecast: The UK will sizzle in highs of 25C this week

UK hot weather forecast: The UK will sizzle in highs of 25C this week (Image: NETWEATHER/WXCHARTS)

“Into the afternoon, the morning cloud should break to allow sunny spells to develop, though western hills and coasts could stay dull with further patchy drizzle.”

He added temperatures are likely to stay in the mid-20s until the weekend.

Mr Finnis said: “Wednesday will be cooler but with sunny spells for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

“Feeling muggy under the cloud in the south, temperatures reaching 21-23C, in the north a cooler 16-18C.

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UK hot weather forecast: Temperatures are likely to stay in the mid-20s until the weekend

UK hot weather forecast: Temperatures are likely to stay in the mid-20s until the weekend (Image: WXCHARTS)

“The weekend looks to remain unsettled Scotland and N. Ireland, with a spell of wet and windy weather later on Saturday and into Sunday morning, before drier weather moves in later on Sunday.

“However, much of England and Wales will have a dry weekend and becoming increasingly warm.

“Temperatures could reach the mid-20s Celsius across eastern England.

“Always cloudier across northern England and north Wales, perhaps with some patchy drizzle or light rain possible later on Saturday.”

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UK hot weather forecast: Charts have turned red to show the heat intensity

UK hot weather forecast: Charts have turned red to show the heat intensity (Image: NETWEATHER)

The latest forecast on Weather Outlook added high pressure will build up to the south and east of the UK.

This will bring “very warm air pushing up from the south by Sunday”.

Meanwhile, today will see searing highs of 25C in the south east and East Anglia.

The forecast said: “In the south and east it will be dry and warm with variable amounts of cloud.

UK hot weather forecast: High pressure from the Atlantic will sweep in

UK hot weather forecast: High pressure from the Atlantic will sweep in (Image: WXCHARTS)

“The north and west have more changeable conditions with rain at times.

“By the weekend high pressure is expected to build to the south and east of the UK.

“It leads to very warm air pushing up from the south by Sunday.

“Tuesday starts mainly dry across the UK.

UK hot weather forecast: Charts show the south east will hot up

UK hot weather forecast: Charts show the south east will hot up (Image: NETWEATHER)

“This morning thicker cloud will bring a few spots of rain to Wales, north western England and Northern Ireland.

“Through the afternoon more persistent outbreaks of rain push eastwards across Scotland.

“Southern, central and eastern England have a dry day with cloud breaking to give warm sunny spells.

“Temperatures range from 14C (57F) in the north-west to 25C (77F) in the south-east and East Anglia.”

UK hot weather forecast: Hot air will sweep in from a westerly direction

UK hot weather forecast: Hot air will sweep in from a westerly direction (Image: WXCHARTS)

The Met Office added temperatures will be “above average” by the weekend.

It said on its website: “A spell of settled weather is likely to develop for a time from the south into early next week bringing increasingly warm and dry conditions.

“Uncertainty remains as to how long this settled period will last, but a return to changeable conditions seems probable during the second half of the week.

“Any areas that observe clearer skies and lighter winds during overnight periods may see some mist or fog develop.

“Temperatures should be around average for the time of year in the north and potentially slightly above average in the south.”

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“The low pressure is coming from just south of Newfoundland. It will be an unpleasant couple of days when it arrives.”

Netweather warns wet weather will quickly spread northeast overnight on Monday and into Tuesday, with a spell of heavy, persistent rain affecting much of the UK and Ireland.

Met Office weather warnings for wind are in place from 9am on Tuesday through to 12pm on Wednesday.

The warning area includes the East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North West England, South West England, Wales and Yorkshire and Humber.

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The yellow warning for wind has been issued across Wales and Northern Ireland and will last from 8pm tonight until 11.59pm on Thursday. And the yellow warning for rain is predicted until 12am on Thursday in Plymouth and Exeter.

It states: “Although there is some uncertainty in the track of the low, gusts of 65mph are possible inland, with 70mph or more possible around coasts and hills.

“Whilst winds may temporarily ease during Thursday morning, a band of heavy rain is likely to move east during Thursday afternoon and evening accompanied by some locally squally winds.”

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “Following the recent hot and thundery weather, we are seeing a significant change to very unsettled conditions for August with an unseasonal spell of strong winds associated with low-pressure centres for the second half of the week.

“Uncertainty remains high in the intensity of these systems at this point, but we are confident in the change to a spell of much windier weather.”

He added that the “very vigorous” weather system that has been created by the warm and moist air from a decayed tropical cyclone with normal North Atlantic air masses.

Following 10 days of extreme heat, which have seen 30C-plus heat in many places, the mercury is set to drop to much lower numbers.

However, parts of East Anglia could still see highs of around 28C on Thursday.

Terry Scholey at Netweather added this Atlantic low pressure system is “unusual” for August.

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He said: “Northern areas begin dry and bright on Wednesday, with Scotland, in particular, seeing some sunshine.

“Here apart from the odd shower, much of the day should be dry, but with cloud increasing in the South later.

“Elsewhere cloud and rain, heavy in places, will be moving up from the South, eventually reaching Northern Ireland and northern England by or during the afternoon.

“A Southeast or southerly wind will freshen becoming strong in the West later, with top temperatures mostly in the range 17 to 22C.”

In its long range forecast from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30, the Met Office wrote: “The beginning of this period is likely to be generally unsettled with showers and longer spells of rain at times, which could potentially become heavy in places.

“Some isolated thunderstorms are possible, though these will not be as severe as recent days.

“It will become windier than of late, especially in the south and west of the UK where there is also a risk of gales.

“Temperatures should start the period rather warm for many, despite the spells of unsettled weather.

“However, temperatures will likely fall away through the last weekend in August, becoming rather cool for many northern and western areas of the UK.

“This drop in temperatures will be accompanied by strong north-westerly winds.”

UK weather warning: ‘Extratropical’ Storm Kyle to unleash biblical rain on Britain – maps

The UK’s heatwave came to an abrupt end over the weekend, where scorching temperatures were replaced by severe thunderstorms and heavy downpours. Forecasters now warn an “extratropical” storm will sweep across Britain this week, as the remnants of Storm Kyle move in.

Weather forecaster Marko Korosec has warned an unseasonably strong cyclone, caused by the remnants of Storm Kyle, will hit Ireland and the UK at the end of the week.

Storm Kyle formed off the US East Coast over the weekend, and is forecast to head across the North Atlantic and merge with a developing deep over love coming from Greenland – causing severe weather conditions.

Mr Korosec said: “The remnants of tropical storm Kyle will somehow get ingested into a large, strengthening upper low coming from Greenland into the North Atlantic.

“This will cause a rather rapid intensification of both disturbances and form an extratropical storm.”

As a result, the forecaster has warned: “This will likely result in an explosive development of unseasonably strong extratropical cyclone.

“The system is expected to blast into Ireland and the UK on Friday.”

Weather maps shows more storms are set to engulf the whole of the UK on Tuesday afternoon, before Storm Kyle batters Britain later in the week.

The chart by Netweather shows much of the UK turn green, indicating a high storm risk.

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But weather charts highlighting wind speed suggests much of the UK will be hit by strong gusts of wind.

By Friday, the storm will cover much of the UK, particularly Norther Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the west coast.

Mr Korosec warns coastal areas “should be alert for worsening conditions”.

Temperatures will be much cooler this week, reaching just the early 20s.

Thursday is set to be the warmest day of the week, as the mercury could rise to the high 20s for the east of England.

But it will feel significantly cooler to last week’s heatwave, when temperatures peaked at 37C.

The Met Office currently has weather warnings in place covering Monday and Tuesday this week.

Today’s warning covers much of England and Wales, and warns of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday’s yellow warning is for rain in Scotland, as heavy downpours are expected.

Russia vows to UNLEASH nuclear arsenal if attacked – World War 3 fears soar

An official military newspaper has claimed it would be impossible to identify a non-nuclear missile on course for Russia. Due to that, the official newspaper of the Ministry of Defence, Krasnaya Zvezda claimed any possible retaliation would then be passed onto the security forces who could use Russia’s nuclear weaponry to strike back.

It said: “Any attacking missile will be perceived as carrying a nuclear warhead.

“The information about the missile launch will be automatically relayed to the Russian military-political leadership, which will determine the scope of retaliatory action by nuclear forces depending on the evolving situation.”

This worrying statement comes as Russia published its nuclear deterrent policy in June.

In the policy, military bosses warned against any country from crossing Russia’s red lines.

They warned: “Russia has designated the ‘red lines’ that we don’t advise anyone to cross.

“If a potential adversary dares to do that, the answer will undoubtedly be devastating.

“The specifics of retaliatory action, such as where, when and how much will be determined by Russia’s military-political leadership depending on the situation.”

The policy now reaffirms Russia could use nuclear missiles to fend off any aggression from an enemy state.

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He said: “Actions like this threaten the peaceful use of space and risk causing debris that could pose a threat to satellites and the space systems on which the world depends.”

Gen Jay Raymond, who heads US space command also expressed concern of a test of an anti-satellite weapon.

He said: “This is further evidence of Russia’s continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems and is consistent with the Kremlin’s published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and allied space assets at risk.”

In terms of nuclear warfare, the US and Russia have both signed up to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

The treaty became effective in 2011 but is due to expire next year.

WW3 warning: India to unleash 'secret covert attacks' as it struggles to match up to China

World War 3 fears could be realised if China, India aggression continues. Deputy director at The Asia Program Michael Kugelman warned as China is more militarily powerful than India, the Indian government may take more covert steps to level the playing field. During an interview with, Mr Kugelman said India could cause disruption in Pakistan by sponsoring aggressors rather than face China directly with their own military.

Mr Kugelman said: “The Indian government is under a lot of pressure to retaliate for the loss of lives of 20 Indian soldiers at the hands of Chinese PLA forces.

“I would argue that India has relatively few military options.

“That is another reason why I don’t think we should worry about escalation.”

Despite this, Mr Kugelman noted the ways India could retaliate to China’s aggression.

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He said: “India could respond covertly by sponsoring attacks on Chinese interests in Pakistan.

“China has a major component of its belt and road initiative, called the China Pakistan economic quota, in Pakistan.

“You have got a lot of China investment projects and Chinese workers in Pakistan.

“I could certainly see India providing support, sponsorship or some other kind of support to anti-state actors in Pakistan that would be willing to carry out attacks on Chinese targets.”

“However, what does not work in India’s favour is that China is the much larger economy.

“If you start having India reduce or cut commercial ties with China or boycott Chinese goods, that could hurt the Indian economy more than the Chinese.

“This is simply because the Indian economy is much smaller, and more dependent on China’s economy.

“India’s economy has been struggling for quite some time, even well before the pandemic.”

Brexit will unleash Britain's potential vows Patel as she hints at new immigration reform

The Home Secretary said the UK is “absolutely” about to enter a glorious new era. Brexit transition rules will end in December allowing the country to finally take back control. Ms Patel told the Daily Express: “January 1 is going to be one of those totemic moments in the history of this country, a landmark moment.

“We are ending free movement. We are a government that’s all about delivery.

“The points-based system is just the first step to big immigration changes, changes to border control.”

Ms Patel said the government is boosting economic investment in all parts of the UK.

“We want to get Britain moving again but we actually want to get Britain motoring,” she said.

“We want to see the renaissance of our regions, we want to level up.

“We have levers to do all that so this is just the start.”

Ms Patel was speaking during a visit to Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to meet local police on the first anniversary of being made Home Secretary.

The Cabinet minister said the Conservatives are unapologetically the party of law and order.

“We have a first-class working relationship with the police,” she said. “I am absolutely shoulder to shoulder with them.

“We don’t stand behind them, we stand beside them. It is a journey for both of us in terms of the support we give and my commitment to them, but also through resourcing.”

Ms Patel revealed 90,000 people have applied to be police officers since last October and the government is well ahead of its police recruitment targets.

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Police forces have received that largest uplift in funding in a decade at £1.1 billion.

“That is moving the needle on law enforcement,” Ms Patel said. “We love the police, we respect the police, we are here for the police, we are the party of law and order.”

Ms Patel, who visited the Blue Glove Boxing Academy, a gym for emergency services personnel, hailed police officers for their “exceptional” service during the coronavirus crisis.

She said there had been a “spirit of national unity” during the COVID lockdown and the police have been at the forefront of it.

Police have warned they will not be able to carry out widespread enforcement of new rules coming into force on Friday ordering the public to wear facemasks in shops.

Ms Patel said she did not believe that heavy-handed tactics would be necessary because people have been very conscientious about following the rules.

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She insisted enforcement is always a last resort.

“People will apply their common sense,” she said. “We don’t need police officers to go round in a pernicious way to act in an enforcement way.”

The Home Secretary said she did not expect there to be widespread flouting of the rules over the summer, despite recent problems such as overcrowding on Bournemouth beach.

She said “people have had pent up frustrations” in the last few weeks after lockdown.

She added: “That’s inevitable. That’s human instinct.”

But she insisted Britons “are sensible people.”

Ms Patel said she has used her first year to empower and equip police officers, including making stop and search easier.

Although some campaigners claim the measures leave young black boys and men disproportionately targeted, Ms Patel insisted it is not a divisive tactic.

She said: “I’ve spent plenty of hours, too many sadly, with parents that have lost their children to street violence. The parents have said to me repeatedly ‘we need more stop and search’.”

Officers have been actively using stop and search even during the COVID crisis over concerns about weapons on the streets, she said.

“When it comes to saving lives, we should be unapologetic,” Ms Patel added. “If we are saving lives then these are the types of measures we should be using.”

Ms Patel said tackling knife crime is a priority and told how machetes “half my height” are being pulled off the street.

“We need to stop that,” she said.

Hard cash is going into police forces in a targeted way to “keep the public safe”.

“Crime is coming down,” she said. “We are serious about getting violent crime down.”

Met Office weather: Atlantic blast to unleash 6cm of rain in two hours – latest warnings

Low pressure from an Atlantic weather system will sweep rain in from the west this morning, according to Net Weather. The strong winds will result in gales during the weekend, but they will have more humid air. The Met Office has also issued two yellow weather warnings for rain on Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s warning will last from 1am to 3am and has predicted heavy downpours in western Scotland of up to 600mm (6cm) on higher ground.

This includes Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway.

The Met Office forecast on its website said: “Rain, heavy at times, is expected to bring accumulations of 20 to 30 mm quite widely within the warning area, and locally as high as 60 mm on high ground.

“Rain will gradually ease on Friday night before clearing during Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, a second warning for rain has been issued on Saturday, as the warning is extended until 3am. 

The Met Office warned the heavy rain could lead to disruptions.

It said: “Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.

“Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.”

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“The rain will fade for eastern England this morning with many parts of the UK having a fair day with light winds, the odd shower, a good deal of cloud but some bright spells too.

“Temperatures will be in the mid to high teens and low 20sC in the south. Birmingham at 18C.”

She added the rain will persist on Saturday for many regions. 

Ms Farrow said: “The showers fade this evening and there is a brief quiet lull with light winds.

“Low pressure will continue to swirl around over the northern Atlantic, south of Iceland and Greenland.

“The weather fronts from this reach Ireland on Thursday night and trailing weather fronts just keep feeding in from the west, waving over the UK and Ireland bringing more rain.

“Through Friday the main rain areas will be for Scotland, NW England and western Wales and into Saturday; SW Scotland, NW England into the Pennines, the Welsh mountains and moors of SW England.

“This ongoing rain could bring the risk of surface water flooding and possible river flooding.”

The wet weather coincides with pubs being given the green light to repoen this weekend.

But revellers have been warned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to overdo it as they bask in the opportunity to drink socially once more. 

He said: “The public need to stay alert and realise that the threat is not over, follow the guidance and behave responsibly so that this virus cannot re-emerge in communities across the country.

“We are working through our roadmap but this could easily be undone.”

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In addition, there is a possibility that lightning strikes and strong winds will cause damage to some buildings. The storms on Friday could even bring hail, while in some areas there could be up to 50mm of rain falling in an hour.

Difficult driving conditions could follow, due to sudden flooding and spray from other cars, while other transport links such as rail services may also be disrupted.

The Met Office has also warned there is a chance of power cuts that will affect homes and businesses up and down the nation.

“Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out on Friday afternoon and evening. Many places will miss the storms, but where they do occur, torrential downpours could bring 30-50mm rain in an hour, with hail and lightning,” the Met Office said.

There are two yellow thunderstorm warnings issued by the Met Office.

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The Met Office predicts flooding may occur quickly due to rainfall (Image: WX Charts)

The first has been in place since 16:00 on Thursday and is in place across the whole of the UK’s west and south coast, including all of Northern Ireland. This will expire on Friday morning at 09:00.

The second one will run from midday on Friday until 09:00 in the morning on Saturday, as the storm moves from the west coast and begins to hit the central and eastern areas.

For this second warning, the far south-east of England is exempt, the Met Office said.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell told PA news agency: “Not everyone will see a storm, but if you catch one, you will certainly know about it”.

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A lighting strike map shows heavy hits across Wales particularly (Image: Blitzortung)

The storm will slowly head in a northeast direction through Friday, and will probably clear northeast areas of Scotland by Saturday morning.

The storms will come as a stark contrast to the wall-to-wall sunshine and heat experienced in much of the UK this week; Thursday was the country’s hottest day so far.

London’s Heathrow Airport, for example, clocked a high of 33.4 degrees.

While in Scotland and Wales the temperatures both tipped over the 30 degree line.

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The storm will initially have passed across the west coast of the UK and start hitting the east as Friday goes on. (Image: WX Charts)

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The weather is likely to get breezy into next week. (Image: WX Charts)

While Friday will certainly see a change in terms of sunshine, the temperature will remain warm – perhaps stiflingly so, due to the humidity.

But temperatures will begin to cool on Saturday in the wake of the storm, which might leave a mixture of rainy and sunny spells as it goes.

Through Sunday to Tuesday, expect the weather to turn windier and fresher, though for many there will be longer spells of rain particularly in the north and northwestern areas of the country.

The hot weather this week has led to a major incident being declared in Bournemouth on the south coast, where tens of thousands of people flocked to go to the beach despite warnings to stay away.

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Temperatures will remain high for Friday before lowering on Saturday (Image: WX Charts)

The local BCP council said it had to put in place an emergency response in order to tackle a range of problems such as beach overcrowding, traffic gridlock, and even violence.

The Guardian reports that litter collection teams were escorted by security guards.

On TalkRadio, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that while people had had “a pretty tough lockdown”, the government would close beaches if it felt it was necessary to get Britons to observe social distancing rules.

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The storm should head northeastwards before dissipating on Saturday. (Image: WX Charts)

Meanwhile, BCP council leader Vikki Slade said the council was “absolutely appalled at the scenes witnessed on our beaches”.

She added that the council is “not in a position to welcome visitors in these numbers now” and asked people not to visit the area.